Whole Foods employees demand better treatment in 'sick-out'

KEZI 9 News is unable to confirm if any employees called out sick today at the Eugene location.

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 8:00 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2020 8:24 PM

EUGENE, Ore.-- Employees at Whole Foods stores across the country staged a "sick-out" to protest the company's treatment of employees during the coronavirus pandemic.

KEZI 9 News is unable to confirm if any employees called out sick today at the Eugene location, but employees around the country did share their frustration on social media.

One post said: "COVID-19 is a very real threat to the safety of our workforce and our customers. We cannot wait for politicians, institutions or our own management to step in to protect us."

After the company refused to shut stores down stores in California, New York City, Chicago, and Louisiana where employees there tested positive for the virus, employees demanded change. They want double pay for working in hazardous conditions and paid sick time if an employee chooses to self-isolate.

They also demand the immediate closure of any store that has had an employee test positive for COVID-19.

KEZI 9 News did reach out to Whole Foods for comment, but we have not heard back.

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